by Adam L. Penenberg
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press
“A literary thrill ride operated by complex and memorable characters . . . a plot worthy of Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, and Martin Cruz Smith.”
The murder of a friend.
Conspiracy on a global scale.
A near-future, dystopic world run by corporations, where nothing is as it seems and everything is part of something else. Technology and everyday life are inseparable, and information is a weapon that can save your life–or kill you.
Exiled to a damp Southeast Asian republic, journalist True Ailey relentlessly searches the war-ravaged peninsula for the killers and the truth.
Virtually True, by award-winning journalist Adam Penenberg, is a non-stop roller-coaster ride for the mind.
PRAISE FOR VIRTUALLY TRUE
— Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist
Penenberg uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the weirdest frontiers of technology and marries it to his gifts for compulsive storytelling and high-energy prose to bring us one of the best novels of recent years. It will make you think long and hard about the mess we’ve made of our planet. Read it now, before the movie version comes to a theater near you.
— David Liss, author of The Twelfth Enchantment and A Conspiracy of Paper
In Virtually True Adam Penenberg brings his considerable experience as a tech reporter to create a near future world that is both utterly disturbing and entirely believable. This is a fantastic novel, completely absorbing and full of memorable characters and fascinating ideas.
— Paul Carr, author of The Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of Life Without Reservations and founder of Not Safe For Work Corporation
Hero reporter True Ailey might ply his craft many decades in the future, with a bomb-proof self-cleaning suit taking the place of a grubby trench coat, but his readiness to risk life, love, and sanity to uncover the truth behind a deadly earthquake traces a clear path back to Woodward and Bernstein. Likewise, the relentless (and constantly delightful) twists and turns of Virtually True are every bit as gripping as any real-life journalistic exposè, only with the advantage of being set in a rich, perfectly imagined dystopian future.
Already a celebrated defender of journalistic fact, Adam Penenberg’s debut novel proves he has equal mastery of the fictional realm. One part masterpiece of journalistic fiction, one part sci-fi masterclass, Virtually True grabs you by the throat from the opening lines and refuses to let go until long after a finale that’s earth-shattering in more ways than one.
To live in the futuristic Republic of Luzonia is to live in a world of wrist-top devices, raw data run amok, orgasmic chewing gum, clone armies raised in vats, death by genetic-coded missile, and fluidly interpreted time. And if you’re a journalist in that world, a journalist battling reality in search of truth, you’re dodging a lot more than e-rainyou’re investigating the very nature of free will. In Virtually True, the imagination fires, the dialogue crackles. Adam Penenberg’s deeply imaginative novel is a wild ride of techno-subterfuge rooted in the eternally human quest for identity and justice.